The following speakers will contribute to the congress

Valeria Setti Commission coordinator for the rights of the child, EC Children´s Rights
Jiří Švarc Head of Unit Social investment Strategy at DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, EC Fighting poverty and social exclusion and Child Gurarantee
Michael Klundt University of Applied Sciences Magdeburg-Stendal
Faculty of Applied Human Sciences, Germany
(Child-)Poverty and Corona-Crisis: Causes and Consequences
Nicolas Rennuy University of York, York Law School, UK Free movement and child poverty
Wim van Lancker
Centre for Sociological Research, University of Leuven, Belgium The changing nature of family policy in the EU: What role for child benefits?
Kerstin Bruckmeier Institute for Employment Research
The Research Institute of the Federal Employment Agency, Germany
The role of social benefits in reducing child poverty
Ilka Wölfle European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP), Belgium Welcoming
Alexia Karapatsia
Network for Children´s Right, Greece Centre for the child - project
Olivier Corbobesse  Representation of the French Social Security Institutions to the EU (REIF), France The fight against the non-take up of benefits
Simone Feldmann City of Monheim am Rhein, Germany Mo.Ki - Monheim für Kinder, a regional prevention approach



Kerstin Bruckmeier is head of the research group "Basic Income Support and the Labour Market" at the Institute for Employment Research, the Research Institute of the Federal Employment Agency (IAB). Her research topics are non-take-up of social benefits, social assistance dynamics and the incentive and distribution effects of benefit system.

Olivier Corbobesse is a project manager at REIF, the representation of the French social institutions to the EU in Brussels. His field of expertise consists, among others, of family policies and social inclusion. He’s also temporarily working as an expert on social protection for Georgia an teaches comparative social welfare systems at Toulouse University, France. Previously, he was assistant director for the French National Family Allowance Fund (CNAF), director of the Social Securtity Office (CPS) of Saint-Pierre et Miquelon), and assistant director at the Family Allowance Office (CAF) de la Marne.


Simone Feldmann is head of the children, youth and family department of the City of Monheim am Rhein, a city in North Rhine-Westphalia with a comparatively high proportion of children and young people who are dependent on basic security benefits. Simone Feldmann´s responsibility is to continuously develop the child-, youth- and family-friendly infrastructure as well as the prevention services. This is done in a broad network of different youth welfare organisations, institutions, schools, day-care centres, counselling centres, associations and clubs.

Alexia Karapatsia holds a bachelor in Political Science and a master in «Southeast European Countries».  She was working in project management in the City of Athens, in the Directorate of Social Solidarity, for the European programs FEAD and EaSI. Since November 2019 Ms. Karapatsia is working in the NGO Network for Children’s Rights, among the projects has been “Centre of the Child” which was included as good practice in “FEAD case studies 2019”.

Michael Klundt is Professor of Child Policy in the Applied Childhood Sciences degree course at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. Since 2016, he is also head of the Master's programme "Childhood Sciences and Children's Rights" at the Department of Applied Human Sciences at Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. His main areas of work are (child) poverty and wealth research, child and social policy, child and human rights.

Nicolas Rennuy, Lecturer, joined York Law School in September 2016. Previously, he was a Fellow and Lecturer at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge (2015–2016) and a PhD Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders at Ghent University (2011–2015). He also acts as an Analytical Expert on free movement and EU social security law for MoveS, an EU-wide academic network funded by the European Commission. His research focuses on the interface between the free movement of persons and the welfare state. Current projects concern social security coordination post-Brexit and the relationship between social security and tax law. His latest article - on social dumping - won the Common Market Law Review Prize for Young Academics 2020.

Valeria Setti is the European Commission Coordinator for the rights of the child since September 2018. In this capacity, she works across Commission’s departments to help make sure that the rights of the child are properly considered in all relevant policies and actions. Prior to that, Ms. Setti worked for 5 years in DG Migration and Home Affairs, coordinating the work on migrant integration as well as leading the organisation of the European Migration Forum, an annual platform for dialogue between EU institutions and civil society on the issues of migration. Ms. Setti is not new to the rights of the child area. Before joining the Commission, she worked for 4 years at Missing Children Europe, where she worked on the expansion of the 116 000 hotlines network.

Jiří Švarc, as Head of Unit of C.1 Unit, Social investment Strategy at DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, is generally supervising the development of policy guidance on social policies by fostering actions at EU level aiming at fighting poverty, social exclusion and inequality, promoting inclusive labour market participation, as well as upward social convergence. 

Wim Van Lancker is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Social Work and Social Policy affiliated with the Centre for Sociological Research (CESO) at the University of Leuven. From October till December 2017 he was a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is a Research Affiliate at The International Centre for the Study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC), University of East London. He has published in high standing journals, is the editor (with Rense Nieuwenhuis) of the Palgrave Handbook of Family Policy and he is a Governor and Treasurer of the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security (FISS). His research expertise is centered around the design, outcomes and social distribution of social policies with a particular focus on poverty and inequality, childhood inequalities and disability, the effectiveness of social work interventions, and the relationship between labor market and social policies.

Ilka Wölfle is Director of the European Representation of the German Social Insurance in Brussels. In addition, she is the acting President of the European Social Insurance Platform (ESIP), which gathers over 50 national social security organisations insuring citizens in 17 Member States and Switzerland. Ilka Wölfle is also a volunteer board member of the Europa-Union, a pro-European non-party network, in Brussels. She has published numerous articles on health and social policy issues. Her main topics include European health and social policy.